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The Pilgrim’s Progress: Introduction
The Pilgrim’s Progress: Plot Summary
The Pilgrim’s Progress: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Pilgrim’s Progress: Themes
The Pilgrim’s Progress: Quotes
The Pilgrim’s Progress: Characters
The Pilgrim’s Progress: Symbols
The Pilgrim’s Progress: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of John Bunyan
Historical Context of The Pilgrim’s Progress
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- Full Title: The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come
- When Written: 1670s, during Bunyan’s imprisonment; First Part completed in 1677, Second Part in 1684
- Where Written: Bedfordshire, England
- When Published: 1678 (First Part), 1684 (Second Part)
- Literary Period: Restoration period
- Genre: Fiction, Religious Allegorical Fiction
- Setting: An allegorical landscape loosely based on 17th-century England, concluding in the Celestial City, or Heaven.
- Climax: Christian crosses the River of Death and enters the Celestial City.
- Antagonist: Sin, the world, death, and the devil
- Point of View: First person omniscient
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Pilgrim’s Popularity. Pilgrim’s Progress is one of history’s best-selling books and has never been out of print. It has been published in more than 200 languages (including Dutch, French, and Welsh during Bunyan’s lifetime) and at least 1,500 editions.
Allegorical Impact. Pilgrim’s Progress has influenced many other literary works. The title of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair is an allusion to the location in Christian’s journey, and in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, the March sisters read the book and refer to its characters and plot. C. S. Lewis’s first published work of fiction, Pilgrim’s Regress, chronicles his own conversion to Christianity in an early 20th-century allegorical setting.